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Ebooks @ The University of Alabama

Highlights key e-book collections and provides information related to searching and downloading e-books.

e-books at UA Libraries

Adobe Digital Editions

To download an e-book to your computer, you may need Adobe Digital Editions. This is not required to view the PDF in your browser.

Ebooks @ The University of Alabama

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The University of Alabama Libraries has many e-books available to students, faculty, and staff through our web site. E-books are accessible through databases as well as individual titles. All disciplines are represented in our e-book collections.  Some collections are available on mobile devices as well as desktop or laptop computers. 

Some e-book platforms require Adobe Digital Editions to download eBooks. We recommend downloading this software before trying to download e-books.

What is an e-book?

An electronic book (also referred to "e-book", "ebook", "eBook", or "digital book") is a monograph made available in a digital format and designed to be read online. Many e-books preserve the print book's original layout and design. They can be read and often downloaded on computers, laptops, tablets, PDAs, mobile devices such as Android phones or iPhones, and dedicated e-book readers such as the Nook, Sony Reader, or Kindle Fire using freely available e-book software.

Why e-books?
  • E-books can be accessed 24/7 from any computer 
  • Search and citation capabilities make e-books easy to navigate. 
  • Chapter level downloads are convenient for research purposes. 
  • E-books can often be embedded in online courses. 


This guide was created by Michael A. Arthur, The University of Alabama Libraries.  It was modeled after the Wichita State University guide, Ebooks @ WSU Libraries.